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Scary Stuff (Jane Wheel Mysteries) Hardcover – September 29, 2009

4.4 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
Book 6 of 8 in the Jane Wheel Series

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Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In Fiffer's spooky sixth Jane Wheel mystery to feature the Chicago collectibles picker and accidental private eye (after 2006's Hollywood Stuff), Jane is worried that her brother, Michael, might be involved with Honest Joe, a shady Internet dealer, after finding fake baseball cards in her brother's house while visiting him in California. More than once, customers swindled by Honest Joe on eBay have accosted Michael, who eerily looks like Honest Joe. After conferring with her detective partner, Bruce Oh, Jane gets on a trail that leads to Herscher, Ill., the home of Jim Speller, who might be the Internet swindler. Jim might also be living with Jane's mother's eccentric cousin, Ada. Jane, Bruce and associates wind up trying to trap some malevolent ghost thieves on Scary Night, Ada's Halloween haunted house festival, at the chilling climax. Fiffer supplies just enough background to ease new readers into the series. (Oct.)
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Praise for Sharon Fiffer and All of Her Stuff

“Amusing takes on Hollywood personalities and excesses.”
---Kirkus Reviews on Hollywood Stuff

“Quirky characters, intriguing family relationships, antique lore, and the history of Kankakee are all entwined in this entertaining mystery.”
---Booklist on Buried Stuff 

“Not even John O’Hara could have objectified that social divide faster or neater.”
---Chicago Tribune on The Wrong Stuff

“Haunters of flea markets and yard sales are in for a collectible treat.”
---Publishers Weekly on The Wrong Stuff

“Fiffer has created an attractive and entertaining detective.”
---The Dallas Morning News on Killer Stuff

“Sharon Fiffer’s first mystery is a must-have. . . . This one’s a keeper.”
---Chicago Tribune on Killer Stuff

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Product Details

  • Series: Jane Wheel Mysteries (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312387784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312387785
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,343,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Ervin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 2, 2016
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This is another series that I have recently discovered. I am enjoying Jane Wheel quite a lot. It is very interesting to read about her life as a 'picker' and how she finds objects to either keep or resell. The mystery aspect is very good, too, and I like the characters a lot. Her parents are particularly interesting. At this point I don't much care for her husband. I think he is somewhat of a jerk but maybe she lets him be one, I am not sure yet. This is a series that I will continue to read. If you enjoy unique mysteries and oddities, this one is for you.
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Sharon Fiffer has done it again…another entertaining Jane Wheel mystery! “Scary Stuff” is a fun novel: fast paced and allows the reader a glimpse into Jane’s family dynamics, as well as her developing relationship with Detective Oh. RECOMMENDED read!
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Chicago collectible picker Jane Wheel is very concerned with her brother Michael whom she fears is working with dishonest eBay dealer Honest Joe. Her evidence is counterfeit baseball cards she found in her sibling's house when she visited him in California.

She also knows that customers taken to the cleaners by dishonest Honest Joe have been ready to beat the snot out of Michael. Worse Michael looks like Honest Joe's twin that is on his internet store site. Jane asks her detective partner, Bruce Oh to investigate. His inquiry leads her to Jim Speller of Herscher, Illinois; however Jim apparently is living with Jane's second cousin Ada, who is hosting a "Scary Night" haunted house festival with "real" thieving ghosts.

The latest Jane Wheel mystery (see HOLLYWOOD STUFF) is an exciting fast-paced investigative tale with several fabulous twists as readers anticipate the next spin. Jane is at her best as she tries to identify who Honest Joe the internet thief is and what the connection to her brother is; she rules out separated at birth theory. Fans will relish her efforts to protect Michael from irate surfers by uncovering the truth. SCARY STUFF is an enthralling amateur sleuth mystery.

Harriet Klausner
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I have read the other books in this series and was waiting for this one to come out. It was worth the wait. Now I have to wait for the next one - and I sure hope there is one! Keeps you guessing!
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By Bevgrey on September 6, 2015
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Love her. If you haven't tried her books and you're a fan of cozies, definitely check them out. It helps to start with the first one, but it doesn't affect any major story lines if you don't, at least IMO.
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I have read all the Jane Wheel stories and have enjoyed the ever-evolving Relationship between Jane and her Mom. It started so stilted and didn't seem to be based on love. But old Nellie has become an endearing character. And what are we to think about Jane and Oh's evolving relationship now that Jane is unattached and Claire is depicted more and more as a bitch?

I love antiques and am a bit of a picker myself so I love to read of Jane's finds along with the obligatory body.
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I enjoyed this story! The characters are cute, eccentric and strange in their own individual way – a lot of them made me chuckle and smile just because they reminded me of characters in my family! The story is well plotted, believable and yet as a surprising ending. Have enjoyed all the books that I’ve read in this series – also enjoy her traipsing episodes through her “junk collecting” – fit me to a tee! Good read!
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Antique picker Jane Wheel loves old stuff that was never meant to be in a collection-- old aprons and tea towels, orphaned Bakelite buttons, other families' photos... the list is endless--and she's good at it, reselling her estate sale finds to other collectors and adding to the treasure-filled rooms of her own home. These days, she's really a P.P.I., a Picker Private Investigator, because she is also an associate to a private detective. Bakelite buttons and secrets: Jane Wheel is good at finding them both.

Making a rare visit to her brother and his family, Jane was intrigued when Michael told her about the three times he was accused by strangers of cheating them on eBay only to realize they'd gotten the wrong man once they'd taken a good look at his face. Jane agrees to look into it for her brother and returns home to Illinois.

When she's back in Illinois, one of her parents' friends is attacked, and suddenly Jane has two cases, both of which seem a little too close to her loved ones.

Jane grew up in Kankakee, Illinois, and then moved to Chicago where she became a high-rolling advertising executive, got married and had a child. When she decided to put her power suits into storage and start picking, she found herself having much more contact with her childhood best friend and her parents. But even though she spends most of her time in a much more rural setting, she's a bit too much of a city girl:

"Country driving always made her nervous. All of these look-alike county roads, numbered or lettered, and no one around to answer any questions about directions. No landmarks, unless you consider the livestock, and one couldn't very well turn at the two cows or go straight past the trotting horse.
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